Mafia methods: After we had one success after another in Italy this autumn, our opponents are now reaching into the bottom drawer of the bag of tricks: One of our employees received a threatening letter to his private address yesterday: “Now we know where you live. It’s just a matter of time. You better bring your daughter to the grandparents ”.
Not that we’re particularly scared – it just shows once more what poachers are made of.
And I mean…Whoever massacres defenseless animals uninhibitedly loses all sensitivity to his fellow human beings too.
The hunt leads to dehumanization.
Max Planck and Einstein thought hunters were psychopaths. When I read what methods they use to murder and intimidate, this opinion is confirmed.
Hunters have no task in nature, they do not belong to nature at all.
Hunters are pathetic monsters, who are allowed to continue to exist as such because our society tolerates them, covers them, or is indifferent to their crimes against the weaker.
With thanks to Stacey at ‘Our Compass’ for sending the following over. Mark.
Ethical Vegans Must Reject Donald Trump. Period.
‘Our Compass’ Link as follows:
Note: Regarding Protect the Harvest’s ludicrous and deceptive claim of the nonexistence of factory farms, “family” has zero legal distinction regarding farm size; indeed, a “family” can refer to Kraft, Ford, Trump, Smithfield, and Walmart. The government defines size, and anyone with even a rudimentary understanding of Google can easily find this data. To suggest that the greater than 10 billion land animals killed annually in the US alone come from Uncle Ted’s backyard hinges on desperation to continue the animal holocaust unseen and socially accepted. SL
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) defines AFOs as agricultural enterprises where animals are kept and raised in confined situations. AFOs congregate animals, feed, manure and urine, dead animals, and production operations on a small land area. Feed is brought to the animals rather than the animals grazing or otherwise seeking feed in pastures, fields, or on rangeland. There are approximately 450,000 AFOs in the United States.
A CAFO is another EPA term for a large concentrated AFO. A CAFO is an AFO with more than 1000 animal units (an animal unit is defined as an animal equivalent of 1000 pounds live weight and equates to 1000 head of beef cattle, 700 dairy cows, 2500 swine weighing more than 55 lbs, 125 thousand broiler chickens, or 82 thousand laying hens or pullets) confined on site for more than 45 days during the year. Any size AFO that discharges manure or wastewater into a natural or man-made ditch, stream or other waterway is defined as a CAFO, regardless of size. CAFOs are regulated by EPA under the Clean Water Act in both the 2003 and 2008 versions of the “CAFO” rule.
Veganism, at its essence, is the recognition that all animals have the right to bodily integrity. Humans do not own the bodies, families or lives of other animals – we can be guardians to animals in need of rescue, but animals are never our property or commodities.
Donald Trump has demonstrated, over and over again, that he sees animals only as obstacles to be cleared or resources to be used to serve corporate interests and generate maximum profits.
But his actions don’t reveal a detached view of other species as objects or commodities so much as a seething contempt – for the natural world, for animals and for anyone trying to protect them.
Putting animal haters in charge
At every turn, Trump has placed people who actively oppose animal welfare, wildlife and environmental protection in leadership roles at the agencies responsible for carrying out those protections. Not surprisingly, this fox-guarding-the-hen-house strategy has resulted in dire consequences for animals and their habitat.
In 2016 he selected Brian Klippenstein, executive director of a particularly vile organization called Protect the Harvest, to serve as senior advisor to the USDA – the agency charged with safeguarding animals used in commerce.
Protect the Harvest exists to “save the agricultural industry from the growing threat of the radical animal rights movement” by lobbying against animal welfare legislation, supporting ag-gag bills and promoting animal commoditization in all forms – including circuses, rodeos, dog and horse racing, horse carriages, puppy mills and horse slaughter.
One of the group’s campaigns aims to soothe consumers’ growing concern regarding confined animal feeding operations by assuring the publicthat factory farming is just a “fictional concept created by activists.”
Next, Trump chose to appease animal agriculture and fossil fuel industry elites by putting climate change denier Scott Pruitt in charge of the Environmental Protection Agency – a move that led to the rollback of several critical climate and pollution regulations, along with the U.S. decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.
Pruitt, once honored with an award for his contribution to the success of the beef cattle industry, has described himself as a “leading advocate against the EPA’s activist agenda” and “a big fan of beef.”
Though he resigned in 2018 under the weight of numerous legal and ethics investigations, EPA leadership continues to prioritize industry demands over keeping the country’s air and water clean. In March the agency used the COVID-19 chaos as a cover to release polluting industries from monitoring and reporting requirements.
Perhaps the most stunning hire Trump made was William Perry Pendley, a former oil and gas attorney he installed to wreak havoc on the Bureau of Land Management. That’s the agency charged with conserving public lands – such as national parks – in 11 Western states and Alaska.
Pendley, who spent the bulk of his career lobbying for oil companies’ rights to drill in pristine wilderness, does not believe public lands should exist at all.
He has joked on video about illegally killing and burying endangered animals, and tweeted that climate change is like a unicorn because “neither exists.” He also has a grotesque obsession with eradicating wild horses and burros – insisting that they (rather than cattle grazing or resource extraction) represent an “existential threat” to public lands.
A judge recently ruled that Pendley’s service violates the Constitution because he was never confirmed by the Senate, but so far he has refused to leave his post.
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Below are some of the hollow, de facto false arguments hunters make about traps when the public asks about it
1. Hunter’s statement: Traps are no longer allowed or used in Germany!
That’s not true!
Trapping is a completely common and widespread hunting method in Germany. However, it is hidden from the public by the hunters.
The trap is used in particular to track foxes, marten, and domestic cats. Many dogs also suffer cruel deaths in traps year after year.
2. Hunters’ statement: Only live traps are allowed in Germany.
That’s not true!
In Germany, manslaughter traps, which are supposed to kill immediately, and live traps in which the animal is caught, are allowed.
Homicide traps are supposed to kill immediately, but often don’t. Many animals die a slow and agonizing death in these traps.
Live traps: Live traps are mostly boxes made of wood or wire, into which an animal is lured using bait or fragrances, lures made by industry. According to studies, the animal panics when the trap closes – and is often seriously injured from desperate attempts to escape. Due to the panic fear of death, the animals are under high stress and often die of heart failure.
Others, severely injured, often lie hungry and thirsty for hours or days, tormented by cruel pain, and wait for death.
Although the law requires the traps to be checked once a day, it is reasonable to assume that this will not happen. If the traps e.g. are only checked every 2 – 3 days, this means that the animals caught in the so-called live traps slowly and painfully perish from injuries or stress.
3. Hunter’s statement: After being caught with a live trap, the animals are released back into the wild.
That’s not true!
Most of the animals are killed. The old wives’ tale of the release into the wild is told to the unsuspecting citizen in order to conceal the harsh reality in our forests. Animals caught in live traps by hunters are mostly killed. E.g. Foxes and cats.
“A powerful blow with the narrow side in the neck or over the muzzle does no less than a small-bore pistol – and works silently.” (quoted from K. Hutter, A loud word against the silent hunt)
4. Hunter statement: Traps are only somewhere in the deep, deep forest.
That’s not true!
Traps can be anywhere. They are often set up near high seats or even completely normal paths, from where they can be more easily controlled.
Gardens, allotment gardens, log piles, field trees, concrete pipes in the forest (e.g. under paths), field barns, piles of straw, piles of brushwood, and fences are popular trapping sites.
The trap is covered with brushwood, litter, etc. and thus hidden from the view of the walker.
From the magazine “Hunter” (quoted from Dag Frommhold): “The pulpit (raised stand) is ideal as a distraction. The hikers’ eyes are sure to wander up to her. The nest box that hangs on the tree nearby makes the visitor friendly. So we are happy when the eyes wander upwards – because our traps are below. “
5. Hunter’s statement: Traps only selectively catch a certain species of a wild animal.
That’s not true
Animals are lured into traps with attractants! Fox attractants often work on dogs as well. Of course, animals that are similar in size to e.g. have a fox go into the trap. Foxes have no closed season in Germany. It is just not allowed to shoot suckling birds (which is all too often disregarded). Exception: adult foxes have a closed season in Berlin (but not young foxes).
6. Hunters’ statement: Traps are only set by poachers!
That’s not true!
Trapping is a common hunting method used by hunters in Germany. Any hunter who has completed an approx. 15-hour trapping course and can then present a certificate of trapping qualifications is allowed to hunt with the trap.
Wow! – that’s breaking news – the wonderful EU struggles to hold member states to account for animal transport breaches. What with all the evidence we have presented to them; the very them; regarding breaches of transport rules over the last 25+ years; what is changing ?
As we have always said, they are utterly useless’ and as Claire Bury says; they (EU) are not able to ban the trade. Why not we ask ? – could it be the big money made from live exports into EU coffers ? – ie putting finance before animal welfare ? – certainly seems that way.
And now we hear MEPs ‘voice concern’ about the injury and suffering caused to animals during transport across Europe.
We say; put them all into one livestock transporter and haul them from Scotland to Southern Italy. We bet the rules would be changed pretty quickly after that. As the EU can do nothing; probably better to shut it (the EU) all down and go back to individual member states and regulations.
Anything would be better than this ‘we can do nothing’ yukspeak put out by EU ‘importants’ (or so they think they are !).
EU struggles to hold Member States to account over animal transport breaches
30 October 2020
MEPs voice concern about the injury and suffering caused to animals during transport across Europe.
A senior commission official has admitted it is currently “impossible” to ban the controversial trade in live animals.
Speaking to parliament’s newly created special animal welfare committee, Claire Bury, Deputy Director-General of Health and Food Safety at the Commission, sympathised with MEPs who voiced concern about the injury and suffering caused to animals during transport across Europe.
She said everything was being done to ensure hauliers comply with current regulations but conceded, “We are not able to ban this at present.”
But, in response to growing calls for a ban on exports of live animals, she revealed that the Commission plans to revise existing legislation on animal transportation.
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